Hiedanranta is an old factory area quite near where I live. Tampere grew around the factories built by the water and thus all these industrial areas bring its history to life. In the centre, factories have mostly been turned into lovely cultural centres, but Hiedanranta has a more robust flavour to it.
When I was a child, these areas were still working and it was strictly forbidden to enter inside the fences – which made them even more interesting. The best thing about Hiedanranta is its surroundings. It is situated by the lake Näsijärvi and has a great view over the city.
It is still on its way to become something. There are happenings there once in a while, but most days there are only a few things you will be sure to see and experience. When I go there, I walk around the area and admire the beautiful graffiti made on the walls of the factories. I read the signs that tell the history of the buildings and let my imagination wander. I go to the old mansion to have coffee and something delicious baked on the spot.
”Kartanokahvila Mielihyvin” is a third sector-run café and by taking your break there you can support a good cause. I also go to the artisans’ workshop to see if anyone is inside and working. If so, I like to buy something small just for myself, like a purse made out of leftover pieces of cotton or leather.